David Mott's Coiling Silk Exercises

Fascinating interaction from Grand Master David Mott
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Silk reeling is at the centre of Chen style Tai Chi training, helping the student to develop strength, internal energy, co-ordination, body awareness, unity in movement, relaxation and grounding. Also known as Chan Si Jin; Chan (pulling), Si (silk) and Jin (kung fu).

Silk reeling is a set of repetitive spiralling movements that include; Dantian rotations, soft opening and closing of the Kua, weight shifting, appropriate body alignment, waist involvement with coiling limbs, a rooted lower body and diaphragm breath work.

The coiling action of silk reeling creates a spiralling internal force, used for power in Tai Chi Chuan. What sits at the heart of an effective coiling action is relaxation (fang song) of the upper and lower body; shoulders, elbows, chest, hips, sacrum, tailbone and knees, expansion and compression of the joints, with the perineum moving in a backward figure 8 movement. The whole body moves as one continual spiralling unit driven from the waist/Dantian area.

At any level of training Chen style Tai Chi, silk reeling drills are of great importance. 

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